GAME WIN OVER FAVOURITE AT PINJARRA
Former Kentuckiana Lodge pacer Diomedes (renamed Dominating Diomedes in Australia) was a game winner at his second start at Pinjarra, West Australia, on Monday, March 29.
Now racing for the Greg Bond stable, the McArdle-Sparks A Flyin gelding was sent forward from the outside of the front row by driver Colin Brown in a C5-9 combined pace, being left parked outside favourite Bullets and Bluff (Matthew White).
Photo: Diomedes, carrying on with the good work in West Australia.
Diomedes put his head in front turning for home, but Bullets And Bluff fought back with the Kiwi having to dig deep for a head win.
He rated 1:57.5 for the mobile 2160m, the leaders running their last 800m in 56s and final 400m in 27.4s.
Diomedes had been a beaten favourite first-up at Pinjarra, after missing away from the stand start, then running on well late for 3rd.
He was sold by Christchurch breeders Jim and Susan Wakefield to West Australia interests after running 5th to stablemate Lightning Raider in the Pelorus Trust 4YO Classic at Marlborough in late January.
The win completed a winning long weekend in Aussie for ex-Cran Dalgety-trained runners.
Last Friday, Holy Hero notched his second win in as many NSW starts when he led and held by a head to win a MO race at Harold Park, Sydney, returning a 1:58.1 mile rate (2160m).